Sweetie Turned 4

Friday, March 06, 2015

On the last day of February 2 things happened. Sweetie celebrated his 4th birthday and my camera stopped working. Apparently there is an amazing camera store in NYC but, of course, we didn't end up going there because time was limited and none of us really needed anything. Fingers crossed that wasn't a mistake. I have taken it in to the service centre and now am waiting for the repair quote.

South West

Thursday, March 05, 2015

We had an unforgettable time in NYC and, hopefully, one day I'll be back to do and see even more but when our week and a half was over we happily turned to the south west and let our hearts lead us home.

Braggardly Braggard

Wednesday, March 04, 2015


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

My mum was very keen that on our first day in NYC we visit St Pat's Cathedral to light a candle. I think she thought that if we did that the rest of the trip would be OK. So we did and it was. I don't think the two things are linked but it never hurts to keep your mama happy.
I hope the little duyvkens are taking notes.


Monday, March 02, 2015

Magnolia by James J Shannon.

 Veselkas ukrainian diner in the East Village. I'd love a citrus salad and some potato cakes right now, or maybe a plate of pirogis.

 Rosa Mexicano.

FAO Schwarz. This one's for you Kris.

There are so many other good things that I don't have photos of; cupcakes, chocolate chunk cookies, fries with every meal, soup and half sandwich lunches, meeting the wonderful Blackbird for lunch (the most stylish person you can imagine, I felt like such a slob sitting next to her), everything bagels, flagels with cream cheese, dinners with my cousin, cheesecake, spending 20 hours in Atlanta visiting Mr Duyvken's sister and her family and spending so much time with my sweet G.

Straight Lines

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Hardest Working Guard at MoMA

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Take a bow, Sir. The crowd around Starry Night was huge and this fellow had to keep stepping in to make sure no-one got too close. There was zero chance he was going to be able to stand in the corner with is arms crossed and doze.

Yep, that's the crowd. And yet, other gems in this same room were resolutely unregarded.  I tried to give them equal time because I am weird like that. It was no great hardship looking at them.

MoMA on a Friday night is a people watching paradise. Art students, tourists, and lots of couples on dates. I wish I had carted my second lense halfway around the world so I could sneak a few more photos of the couples and groups there. They were all beautiful.

Pictures of People Looking at Pictures

Friday, February 27, 2015

La Vie Moderne

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Presumably everyone got their phones out when they entered the store because it was way too cold outside to take off their gloves to use them. Of course, it could also be the free wifi (which seems to be everywhere) and the amazing connectedness of New Yorkers. Everywhere we went people were looking at their phones (maybe I am being very old fashioned complaining about phone use at the table) or chatting to people through their earbud/mic sets. It was weird at first seeing all these people walking around talking to themselves. I quickly realised that most of them were having phone conversations. However, some people really were talking to themselves. Bless them. Being homeless or mentally ill over an NYC winter must be tough.

Frames at The Met

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

They are works of art themselves and the way they hang out from the wall and cast shadows is beautiful.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

We knew that it would be cold when we planned to go to New York City in the winter but we were a little surprised by just how cold it was. They are having an unseasonably cold February and everyone we met commented on it. -16C anyone?
We spent most of our time indoors exploring the museums, art galleries and shops and didn't feel too limited by the weather. It was an adventure for us Sydneysiders to have snow falling and ice piled up on the footpaths and we only had to deal with it for a week. I feel for those of you who do this for months on end. My sister lived in Boston for 14 years and coped perfectly well - hats off to you Aunty B!
Most of the snow, ice and slush was greyish brown, grotty and smelled pretty ordinary but walking from the Columbus Circle subway station to The Frick across Central Park was amazing. The freshly fallen snow was white, fluffy and glittered like diamond dust in the sunshine. G built a snow bird on a shrub and danced around with delight singing 'do you want to build a snowman' with Aunty S.
The weather forecaster has described the sunshine as merely decorative and he wasn't wrong. It was very strange to see sunshine but not feel it. Very strange indeed.

A Very Big Advenure

Monday, February 23, 2015


G and I got home on Sunday from a very big adventure - 10 days in New York City. We traveled with Aunty S and had a truly amazing time. I understand why so many people fall in love with this city. We saw so much and yet there was still so much to see and do and eat. I like to think I'll get back there one day to see some of the things we missed this time.
We've only been back for a day and half and things are already a little crazy. It is hard to hold onto that holiday feeling. I am going to share some photos over the coming days in an effort to keep the holiday bliss alive and to remind myself that it really did happen.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.

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